discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , ˈdis-ˌchärj\
discharged; discharging; discharges

Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to relieve of a charge, load, or burden:
a : unload discharge a cargo ship
b : to release from an obligation will be discharged from further payment
c electrical engineering : to release electrical energy from (something, such as a battery or capacitor) by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) discharging electricity from a battery
2a : to let or put off discharge passengers discharge cargo
b : shoot discharge an arrow
c : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner discharge a patient
d : to give outlet or vent to : emit discharge emotions vehicles discharging exhaust fumes
3a(1) : to dismiss from employment had to discharge several employees last month
(2) : to release from service or duty discharge a soldier was discharged from the Navy
b : to get rid of (something, such as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action (such as payment) failing to discharge their debts
c law : to set aside or dismiss : annul discharge a court order
d : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill (see bill entry 4 sense 6) in order to bring it before the house (see house entry 1 sense 6a) for action
4 : to bear and distribute (something, such as the weight of a wall above an opening)
5 : to bleach out or remove (color or dye) in dyeing and printing textiles
6 : to cancel the record of the loan of (a library book) upon return

intransitive verb

1a : to throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden
b : to release electrical energy by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) ensure that the electricity discharges safely
2a : go off, fire used of a gun His weapon discharged .
b : spread, run some dyes discharge
c : to pour forth fluid or other contents where the river discharges into the ocean

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , dis-ˈchärj\

Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of relieving of something that oppresses : release
b : something that discharges or releases especially : a certification of release or payment produced the discharge as evidence
2 : the state of being discharged or relieved
3 : the act of discharging or unloading her discharge from the hospital
4 law : release from confinement a record of prison discharges
5 : a firing off the discharge of a weapon
6a : a flowing or issuing out a discharge of spores a discharge of mucus also : a rate of flow controlling the discharge of water
b : something that is emitted a purulent discharge a clear discharge from the eyes and nose
7 law : the act of removing an obligation or liability (see liability sense 2) received a full discharge from his creditors
8a : release or dismissal especially from an office or employment suing for wrongful discharge
b : complete separation from military service her discharge from the Navy an honorable discharge
9a physics : the equalization of a difference of electric potential (see potential entry 2 sense 2c) between two points
b energy engineering : the conversion of the chemical energy of a battery into electrical energy

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Other Words from discharge

Verb

dischargeable \ dis-​ˈchär-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce dischargeable (audio) , ˈdis-​ˌchär-​ \ adjective
dischargee \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌchär-​ˈjē How to pronounce dischargee (audio) \ noun
discharger \ dis-​ˈchär-​jər How to pronounce discharger (audio) , ˈdis-​ˌchär-​ \ noun

Synonyms for discharge

Synonyms: Verb

blast, fire, loose, shoot, squeeze off

Synonyms: Noun

blasting, firing, shot

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Verb

perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

Examples of discharge in a Sentence

Verb

She's due to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. We had to discharge several employees last week. Thousands of soldiers were discharged after the war. The judge discharged the jury. The ship discharged missiles against enemy targets. The gun failed to discharge.

Noun

The doctors approved her discharge from the hospital. Several former employees are suing the company for wrongful discharge. After his discharge from the military, he went to college to become a teacher. The damage was caused by accidental discharge of a hunting rifle. a rapid discharge from a gun
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Noise complaint, Elyria Street After midnight May 30, a woman reported hearing gunshots every five minutes moving in a direction as if someone was walking around the neighborhood discharging a gun. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Man breaks into house he thought was his friend’s: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 5 June 2019 The company was on probation from a 2016 conviction for discharging oily wastes from its Princess Cruise Lines ships. Curt Anderson, orlandosentinel.com, "Carnival cruise line to pay $20 million fine in ocean dumping case," 3 June 2019 All the mowers in the test mulch (discharge the clippings into the grass) and bag. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers," 11 Apr. 2019 The new proposal also includes a requirement for hospitals to provide digital notifications about patients who are admitted, transferred or discharged. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "New Rules Could Ease Patients’ Access to Their Own Health Records," 11 Feb. 2019 The women were treated at a nearby hospital and discharged. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Philip Was Involved in a Road Traffic Accident," 18 Jan. 2019 Others were taken to a local hospital, where some were detained by police after being discharged, said an official with the International Organization for Migration monitoring the situation from Europe. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Libyan Authorities Forcibly Remove Migrants from Cargo Ship, U.N. Says," 20 Nov. 2018 It was previously reported that Demi has agreed to go to rehab after being discharged from the hospital. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Released Her First Public Statement Since Her Overdose," 6 Aug. 2018 George Clooney Released from Hospital After Scooter Collides with Car in Italy: Reports The Oscar winner only spent a few hours in the hospital before being discharged. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "George Clooney Was Wearing a Helmet During Scooter Accident in Italy That Left Him Bruised," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some also side discharge, a distinct help when moving tall grass and non-lawn areas. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers," 11 Apr. 2019 The 21-year-old could be charged with reckless discharge of a firearm causing death, according to Michigan state law, Kaiser explains. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Killed Next to Her Husband in Kitchen by Neighbor's Stray Bullet During Target Practice: Cops," 26 Mar. 2018 The 38 North report said the satellite imagery leaves doubts about the Yongbyon reactor’s ‘‘operational status’’ because of reduced discharge of cooling water, steam emissions, and other factors. Brian Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Satellite imagery suggests ‘rapid’ upgrades at North Korea nuclear site, monitoring group says," 27 June 2018 Under the plea deal, approved Monday by Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti, Derrius Crenshaw pleaded guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be served at 50 percent. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Chicago man pleads guilty to firing shots during 2017 dispute in Antioch Township," 8 May 2018 Park geologists compared the report with seismic activity and the discharge of water and concluded the eruption probably started at 6:30 a.m. The geyser also erupted on March 15 and April 19. CBS News, "Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park erupts for third time in six weeks," 27 Apr. 2018 In 2015, 418 men died from accidental discharge of a firearm, while only 71 women died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Huntsville police investigating homicide at mobile home park," 27 Apr. 2018 But the terror students and teachers lived through on lockdown was made even worse by the discharge of the gun. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Meet Sean Simpson, the Parkland chemistry teacher who forgot his gun in a bathroom | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 Wiping the area of other natural—and completely normal—bodily fluids like discharge is appreciated as well. Amber Katz, Glamour, "12 Things Your Bikini Waxer Wants You to Know," 24 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of discharge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for discharge

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French descharger, from Late Latin discarricare, from Latin dis- + Late Latin carricare to load — more at charge

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discharge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to allow (someone) to leave a hospital, prison, etc.
: to take away the job of (someone) : to end the employment of (someone)
: to end the service of (someone) in a formal or official way : to release (someone) from duty

discharge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

: the release of someone from a hospital, prison, etc.
: the act of firing or dismissing someone from a job
: the act of ending a person's service to the military

discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \
discharged; discharging

Kids Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to allow to leave or get off The patient was discharged from the hospital.
2 : to dismiss from service discharge a worker
3 : to free of a load or burden : unload discharge a ship
4 : shoot entry 1 sense 2 discharge a gun
5 : to cause to shoot out of discharge a bullet
6 : to pour forth fluid or other contents The chimney discharged smoke.
7 : to get rid of by paying or doing discharge a debt He discharged his responsibilities.

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Kids Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the release of someone from a place The doctor approved her discharge from the hospital.
2 : the release from a duty or debt
3 : a certificate of release or payment
4 : the act of firing a person from a job
5 : an end of a person's military service
6 : an act of firing off a gun's discharge
7 : something that flows out The discharge was coming from a pipe.

discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis(h)-ˈchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , ˈdis(h)-ˌ How to pronounce discharge (audio) \
discharged; discharging

Medical Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a patient from the hospital
2a : to give outlet to or emit a boil discharging pus
b : to release or give expression to (a pent-up emotion or a repressed impulse) discharged his anxiety by working out with a punching bag

intransitive verb

: to pour forth fluid or other contents

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis(h)-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , dis(h)-ˈ How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Medical Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of relieving of something discharge of a repressed impulse
2 : release from confinement, custody, or care returned to work the day after discharge from the hospital
3 : something that is emitted or evacuated a purulent discharge from a wound a thick white vaginal discharge

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discharge

transitive verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Legal Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to release from an obligation: as
a : to relieve of a duty under an instrument (as a contract or a negotiable instrument) also : to render (an instrument) no longer enforceable a formal instrument…may be discharged by either cancellation or surrender — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo
b : to release (a debtor in bankruptcy) from liability for his or her debts
2 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner
3a : to dismiss from employment : terminate the employment of
b : to release from service or duty discharge a jury discharge a witness
4a : to get rid of (as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action
b : to fulfill a requirement for evidence which is required to discharge the burden of going forward— W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
5 : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill in order to bring it before the house for action

Other Words from discharge

dischargeability \ dis-​ˌchär-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
dischargeable \ dis-​ˈchär-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce dischargeable (audio) \ adjective

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Legal Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of relieving of something that burdens or oppresses : release
b : something that discharges or releases especially : a certification of or a document proving release or payment
2 : the state of being discharged or released a party seeking a total discharge
3 : release from confinement ordering a conditional discharge of the alien on habeas corpusHarvard Law Review
4 : the act of removing an obligation or liability (as by payment of a debt or performance of a duty)
5a : a dismissal from employment or office
constructive discharge
: discharge of an employee effected by making the employee's working conditions so intolerable that he or she reasonably feels compelled to resign
retaliatory discharge
: a wrongful discharge that is done in retaliation for an employee's conduct (as reporting an employer's criminal activity) and that clearly violates public policy
wrongful discharge
: discharge of an employee for illegal reasons or for reasons that are contrary to public policy (as in retaliation for the employee's refusal to engage in unlawful activity)
b : a release from service or duty

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